Malbork Off The Beaten Path

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    The eagle

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    THE  EAGLE ?

    You can see this bird - eagle sculpture inside the High Castle's Church. Unfortunatelly there was no info on it. It seems that they didn't prepare any information for visitor's in the church yet, even in local polish language.
    Do you know that bird?

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    The sculpture

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    THE  SCULPTURE

    You can see this sculpture at the end of the interior of the High Castle's Church.
    Hmm... where is his left foot and right hand?
    Never mind, it seems that the sculpture is in good shape now, just after renovation.

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    Inside the High Castle's Church

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    IN  THE  CASTLE'S  CHURCH

    This church is still in renovation but opened to the public.
    So you can see only some architectural elements inside. Look at the renovated parts of the old stalls on my picture.
    Stalls are rows of fixed seats in a church which often have their sides and backs enclosed.

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    On the top of the well

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    ON THE TOP OF THE WELL

    Look at the top of the well whenever you are in the High Castle's Courtyard. There is the sculpture there - a bird (eagle?) or rather birds. Hmm... the sculpture is a little damaged. Look at my picture.

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    Corridors around the High Castle's Courtyard

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    MEDIEVAL  CORRIDOR

    Go upstairs and walk around the courtyard of the High Castle. The medieval corridors with gothic vaults look really amazing - each side of the courtyard looks a little bit different. And there are entrances to many exhibitions there.

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    The High Castle's Chapter House

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    STAINED  GLASS

    The interior of the High Castle's Chapter House now accessible to the public is a return to the nineteenth century arrangement of the Chapter House. The paintings have been thoroughly restored, while the stalls have been reconstructed according to remaining fragments. Thus the Malbork Chapter House has regained its former brilliance. Its decor and furnishings relate more precisely then before to the original function of this splendid and monumental interior.

    Pay attention to the amazing stained glasses to the left of the entrance.
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    The Chapter House - ground surface

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    GROUND  FLOOR  OF  THE  CHAPTER  HOUSE

    Beside the main Chapel, the High Castle's Chapter House is the most important interior in the Malbork Castle.

    The nineteenth century restoration of the Chapter House was intended to return to the Gothic interior its former glory and to relate to the medieval function of the Chapter House.

    Notice the amazing ground floor decoration.

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    Frescos

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    FRESCO

    Fresco is a picture made by painting on wet plaster (= mixture of sand, lime and water) on a wall or ceiling. Painting in fresco is not common technique these days.
    But there are many frescos inside rooms of the High Castle in Malbork, hmmm... many of them are less or more damaged.

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    Decorated windows

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    THE  WINDOW

    Walking around the castle pay attention to numerous decorated windows. Some of them look really amazing.
    This one on my picture is located on the 2nd floor of the High Castle - entrance from the courtyard.

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    Stained glass

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    STAINED  GLASS

    Stained glass is glass which has been coloured and cut into various shapes to form pictures or patterns. Stained glass is most commonly used in the decoration of church windows.

    You can find many beautiful stained glasses walking around the interiors of the High Castles. Usually there are pictures of saints or church notables.

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    Another lovely corner

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    THE  CORNER

    One of the most beautiful areas of the High Castle are a little hidden. I personally liked the corners of the castle walls the most.
    So, feel free to walk around and around the numerous courtyards to find the most beautiful places.

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    Small passage

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    SMALL  PASSAGE

    You can walk from one courtyard to the next through sometimes quite small wall gates. Weren't the Teutonic Knights tall? Hmm... I don't know. Btw I haven't seen any Asian/Japanese visitors in the castle :-(.

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    From the Netherlands

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    THE EPITAPH

    Menonnites were people who came to region close to Malbork (to the settlement called Rybaki on the Vistula River) from the Netherlands in 16th century.
    There is the collection of the mennonites' tombstones and epitaphs in the High Castle. They were made somewhen between 1750 and 1850 and they derived from the cemetaries around Malbork.

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    The castle wall

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    THE  MONUMENT

    You can see the monument to memory of the castle defenders on my picture. On the back you can see the castle wall from the inside. The castle is built on the hill, so the external side of the wall is much taller.

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    Next courtyard

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 25, 2003

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    IN  THE  HIGH  CASTLE

    When you pass the tombstones you can see this courtyard on my picture. There is archeological exposition there. On the left you can see the eastern wall of the High Castle on the right the wall of the castle itself.

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